You may have awed, applauded, and clapped at the mind-blowing scenes in movies like Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and E.T. that were probably the result of CGI and visual effects. Did you know some of these legendary scenes were not created using special effects but nifty solutions from the director and set designers? Creating cutting-edge visual is time-consuming since it requires a lot of effort and even huge amount of money but sometimes so-called practical effects also create the magic on the screen. Don’t believe us? Here is the compilation of behind the scenes of some of the most iconic Hollywood movies that are an example of smart direction and imaginative production. Take a look.
#1 Corpse Bride (2005)
This is how the set of the famous movie featuring Johny Depp and Helena Bohem Carter was created using props and puppets.
#2 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Steven Speilberg is a genius, no doubt. This is how he came up with a solution for getting the point of view shots for E.T. Simple and easy, ain’t it?
#3 Face/Off (1997)
John Travolta insert torso used for skin removal scene.
#4 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
This is how Wes Anderson created the scenes of Ralph Fiennes looking through the window of a train. Apparently, he didn’t need the whole train for the shoot.
#5 Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
You didn’t really think that they shrunk the kids, did you? They, in fact, created a life-size bee to shoot the various scenes in the movie.
#6 Independence Day (1996)
Here is a fun fact about the highest engrossing movie of 1996: the production used 80% of models and props while only 20% were CGI.
#7 Jaws (1975)
They didn’t actually cast a real-life shark to feature in the movie. Bruce, the animatronic shark was specially designed for the movie.
#8 Labyrinth (1986)
Remember that ‘Helping Hands’ scene from the movie? They used more than 100 pairs of latex hands to create the scene.
#9 The Matrix (1999)
There was one problem with this knob shot i.e. the reflection of the camera in the knob, which they solved by using a jacket and tie matching with Morpheus to disguise the camera.
#10 The Shining (1980)
The maze did not exist in reality. This is how the shots were taken.
#11 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
This 1968 Stanly Kubrick’s movie was indeed ahead of its time. To shoot the floating pen scene, Kubrick simply glued the pen to a glass which could be rotated freely. Brilliant!
#12 Star Wars: Episode I & II
You didn’t actually think they loaned a spaceship from NASA, did you? This is how it was created.
#13 Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Those are actually 450,000 Qtips painted with a variety of color to create a set of people. To make it seem like the crowd was moving, the crew placed fans underneath.
#14 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)
This is how the set for Terminator movie was created by using model cars, bridges etc.
Sometimes, it only takes simple solutions to create brilliance on the screen and save thousands of dollars of the production house.
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